Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tunisia: continuity government already in crisis

From the print version of Gara newspaper, I gather what follows:

The "concentration government" of continuity prime minister M. Gannouchi is sinking as even the pro-government labor union UGTT has commanded all its appointed ministers (three) to resign just after being named. Their complaint: too much continuity, too little change, overrepresentation of the dictatorship's party (RCD) and low, anecdotal, representation for other groups.

The communists (PCOT), still illegal but already out from prison, are calling for a boycot of the presidential elections called for six months now, which they denounce as a farce. They call for a Constitutional Assembly and a parliamentary (not presidential) republic.

Other forces: the liberals of the FDTL, tolerated, have resigned from the concentration government, the social-democrats Ejttadi have threatened to do so if the RCD ministers do not themselves. M. Manzouki of the center-left CPR has called upon arrival from exile to create a concentration government without the RCD. The Islamists, also just returned from exile are also boycotting the presidential elections but plan to run for parliament instead.

France: Michelle Alliot-Marie under pressure

No doubt one of the pillars of North African dictatorships from Rabat to Tunis is France. Interior Minister Michelle Alliot-Marie, well known to Basques among other oppressed peoples, was offering help to Ben Ali until the very moment of his march to exile, at which point Sarko decided it'd be too embarrassing to allow him to land at Orly and sent him to Riyadh instead.

The Ecologist Party is already demanding the resignation of Alliot-Marie, while other politicians, even from her own right-wing bloc are also being very critical, albeit maybe in an opportunist form.

The autocracy in Tunisia has been supported by France (and EU in general, as well as the USA, Israel and the major Arab powers) since its very origins and the Islamist scare has been used as pretext for that support. However now even de Villepin acknowledges that "we should not have allowed ourselves to get blind for fear of Islamism".

The truth is however that Islamism is just a pretext, and often a sock-puppet of Washington, Tel Aviv and Brussels, in order to keep the Arab and Berber peoples oppressed under totalitarian fascist regimes, which are often extremely Islamist themselves.

For that reason the secret services of the Empire launched in the 1990s the ghostly FIS terrorist army in Algeria and for that reason they are launching terrorists attacks against the people of Iraq every other day. And for that reason they constituted Al Qaeda and supported the Taliban against Socialism, of course.

The USA predicted the current scenario in 2006... but they never expected a revolution

Now switching to Al Jazeera, we learn that the USA was already considering PM Gannouchi as Ben Ali's successor in 2006. But they were thinking in a cancer, not a revolution! Another person they considered was Ben Ali's wife, Leila Trabelsi. The Trabelsi family however has been the main target of the anger of the Tunisian Revolution so far because it is perceived as the most rotten single family in all the country, so again the US embassy was pondering the wrong thing.

Also the Qatari news site mentions the Tunisian Communist Workers' Party (PCOT), which is surely the only serious opposition to the RCD tyranny and hence the real enemy the Empire has been trying to keep at bay so far. For its leader Hamma Hammami, who was imprisoned in the height of the revolt and only freed on Friday, the RCD has to go but the Islamists are only opportunists trying to gain where they do not belong:

For Hammami, like many other opposition leaders, former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s hasty departure is nowhere near enough. He called for “the party of Ben Ali” to be disbanded completely, along with all its “repressive apparatuses”.

He called for a provisional government to be established to help pave the way for the transition towards a truly democratic republic.

The communist leader also had words for the Tunisian Islamist movement. He argued that the uprising, which had its one month anniversary on Monday, was a secular one, and called on the Ennahdha party to accept this and not to bring “polemics over theology” into the conversation.

“We want to keep the people united over these aspirations,” Hammami said. “We’re calling on other parties not to divide the people.”

1 comment:

  1. maju greetings,


    this transitional government is pathetic, now the old members of the RCD who are in government renounce militancy 23 years, changed his coat and pretend that people stay silent.

    believe that people are stupid?

    now follow the demonstrations and I think the police are shooting into the air, but surely something wrong.



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